Computer updates are supposed to shore up your system’s defences and make your most important files and documents (videos of cats failing to jump off things) impenetrable to would-be hackers and criminals.
But nobody told Apple. In the company’s latest version of OS High Sierra, the tech giants have accidentally included a massive security flaw that makes hacking your system hilariously simple.
You see, if you’ve downloaded the update then anyone can log into your Mac by just typing ‘root’ into the username field.
Apple are working on a fix, but have said in a statement: “We are working on a software update to address this issue. In the meantime, setting a root password prevents unauthorized access to your Mac. To enable the Root User and set a password, please follow the instructions here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204012. If a Root User is already enabled, to ensure a blank password is not set, please follow the instructions from the ‘Change the root password’ section.”
The only good to come of this is that we can all pretend to be early-noughties hackers on our friends’ computers. Just remember to mention the word “mainframe” a lot and clack pointlessly at the keyboard for a few minutes before you login.